On June 13, 2022, as the United Nations in Geneva debates the Pillay Report, the controversial new document came under scrutiny by a panel of renowned experts at a UN Watch event held on the sidelines of the Human Rights Council. See video above.
The Pillay Report, released this week, offers a blueprint of what is to come from the U.N. Commission of Inquiry, chaired by Navi Pillay, which was granted a perpetual mandate to report annually in Geneva and New York on alleged war crimes and discrimination in wake of last year’s Hamas-Israel war.
The report turns a blind eye to Palestinian terrorism and embraces the Hamas narrative that Israel is the root cause of all conflict.
Many expected a biased report given that commission chair Navi Pillay has a record of lobbying governments to ‘sanction apartheid Israel’. In addition, she declared Israel guilty in the very conflict of last year that she is meant to investigate. To read UN Watch’s request for Navi Pillay to recuse herself, click here.
Navi Pillay is on record calling Israel an “apartheid state,” has campaigned to boycott and sanction Israel, and signs statements lobbying governments to punish the Jewish state.
It is therefore a travesty of justice for her to serve as Chair of the new United Nations inquiry into last spring’s Hamas-Israel war. She must resign immediately, or be removed.
Accordingly, we are calling on Ms. Pillay to recuse herself. In the event that she refuses to do so, we request Federico Villegas, the President of the Human Rights Council, to remove her.
Executive Director of United Nations Watch, international lawyer, human rights activist
Former Commander of British Forces in Afghanistan, counter-terrorism expert, author.
Distinguished Professor of National Security Law, South Texas College of Law.
Israeli Arab human rights activist, CEO of Together – Vouch For Each Other.
Human rights lawyer, author, NGO Monitor Legal Advisor and UN Representative.
South African attorney and human rights activist.
Author of “War of Return,” former Member of Knesset, foreign policy advisor to Shimon Peres, consultant at McKinsey.
.@HillelNeuer on the UN's anti-Israel Commission of Inquiry: "The reason that Hamas and the PA are enthusiastic supporters of the Commission is because they are assured of its outcome."— UN Watch (@UNWatch) June 13, 2022
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.@COLRICHARDKEMP on the 2021 Israel-Hamas war: "It's a little like Groundhog Day: Hamas triggers a war, the UN convenes a commission to condemn Israel for the war."— UN Watch (@UNWatch) June 13, 2022
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.@cornjag1 on the Israel-Hamas war: "So ask this question: how many civilians & civilian buildings did Hamas attempt to kill & to destroy? That's the ultimate question because the attempt is the manifestation of illicit judgment."— UN Watch (@UNWatch) June 13, 2022
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.@YosephHaddad, a proud Israeli Arab: "This obsession against Israel prevents resources & attention from being put in the right places, both inside of Israel as we work to bridge gaps between Israeli Arabs & Israeli Jews, & internationally."— UN Watch (@UNWatch) June 13, 2022
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.@AnneHerzberg14 (r) on the UNHRC's anti-Israel Commission of Inquiry: "The campaign against South Africa was meant to eliminate the regime. And that’s why they’re adopting the apartheid South Africa campaign against Israel."— UN Watch (@UNWatch) June 13, 2022
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.@OllieMeWash on the Israel "apartheid" libel: "It trivializes the humiliation & injustices endured by black South Africans who lived through apartheid & who still, together with their descendants, bear the scars of its legacy."— UN Watch (@UNWatch) June 13, 2022
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.@EinatWilf on the Arab-Israeli conflict: "The root cause has only ever been one: the complete denial & rejection of the universal right of the Jewish people to self-determination in their ancestral homeland."— UN Watch (@UNWatch) June 13, 2022
Live event debunking the #PillayReport here: https://t.co/FQKZlnugoE pic.twitter.com/TNKI85FoUV